a post on why i blog

Blogging is a very interesting thing.

In a way, it's amazing because it gives me a chance to connect with so many amazing people I never would have had the chance to meet otherwise. It's given me some of the greatest friends of my adult life. People I don't hesitate to text or call or chat when something good/bad/totally random happens. Friends I plan to meet up with, and friends whom I genuinely care about at the end of the day. Friends who, when asked how we met, I answer with a simple, "The internet."

Ah but there it is. I met these people on the internet. And that's kind of weird, no? I've made some of my best friends on the internet. I can hear my mom in the back of my mind saying to me, "But Alex! Crazy people are on the internet! You don't know if they're really who they say they are!" Yes, Mom, I know. But here's the thing: none of the friends I've made over the internet have been crazy. Yes, we're all quirky and we're all different, but none have been crazy (or crazier than me).

So why do I do this? I didn't start blogging to make friends. That part was a sort of bonus. I started blogging because I wanted a place to be creative, to share things that I love, and to keep track of life events.

I've started to move away from the life events stuff though. The internet is such a wide open place, it can be sort of intimidating at times to leave it all out there. And, to be quite honest, though I count lots of my blogging friends as my real-life friends, there are still lots of people out there who just don't need to know everything. I don't want to sit here and act like everyone wants to know the minutiae of my day either. You don't. You have plenty of things going about in your life; you don't need to know what days I went to an exercise class, exactly what Craig + I are doing with the wedding, or the candy I've decided to binge on this week. You don't need to know when I'm feeling fat or I've been triggered or when my eating habits aren't as great as they ought to be. If people want to know, they know.

This blog continues to stay as my running inspiration board. Where I keep the quotes and the words that give me the kick in the pants I need to get through the day. Where I keep a running tally of recipes I've cooked that rocked (and keeps out the ones that were no bueno). Where I document outfits that really worked for me (and ones that were sort of meh).

I blog for me. And I think you should too, if you're not already.

15 comments:

  1. I feel you on the internet friends thing. My mom is the same way. And even though I've met some of mine in real life and we text and go to each other's bridal showers and baby showers and receptions, it still feels weird to say, "oh we met on the internet." people don't get it. They don't get that actual, strong friendships happen this way. And while it all started online, it's more than that. It's real!

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  2. I love this post! Sometimes I wonder why I blog then I realize it provides a great creative outlet and is a good diversion from my "real life" which mostly consists of grad school. It's so true when you say you just have to blog FOR YOU - love it!

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    1. Blogging for anyone else just seems like such a waste of time!

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  3. Internet friends are great friends! If people can meet their significant others online, why not friends?

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    1. EXACTLY! That's what I keep saying to my mom!

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  4. I love this post. I love that we met through blogging. Also, your hair looks bomb.

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    1. OH girl my life hasn't been the same since you came in it. Love ya.

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  5. Very well said! Thank you for sharing. P.S I am pretty sure we would be friends if I lived in Boston. I definitely need to move there some day. Better get on that. xo Moe

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  6. YES. all of this. it makes little sense to my family but I do not care. not a whit. (you should've heard Bob when I said I was rooming at AltNYC with people from the internet.)

    you do you and I'll do me and I'd love to see you soon.

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    1. I have a story to tell you about Craig's response when I went off in NYC to meet Christin the first time and then didn't check my phone for the rest of the afternoon :)

      Drinks soon plz? Before or after your amazing par-tay.

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  7. Well said chickadee. Though sorry you met me on the internet and I am in fact a lil crazy.... that's prob Craig's biggest worry :P

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    1. You're not crazy in the slightest. Lub you.

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  8. My parents always tell me something negative's going to come from me meeting people on the internet. Thankfully my husband understands. ;-)

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  9. well said, i totally agree. great post lady!

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